Arms Warrior DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 16:01 by Archimtiros 2 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Arms Warrior guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. Here, you will learn how to play as an Arms Warrior in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warrior guide.

1.

Arms Warrior Overview

Arms Warriors are strong but somewhat slow damage dealers which revolve around building burst damage windows with Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash. Their greatest strength comes in the form of a versatile toolkit, offering Single Target, close-range cleave, burst AoE, and even a limited form of physical damage immunity.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Slow, rather bland rotation without many exciting moments.
  • -Lack of powerful single target burst cooldowns.
  • -Must choose how to specialize by talenting into either sustained multitarget with Cleave Icon Cleave or burst AoE with Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Warriors

We are maintaining a list of changes for Warriors for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

Arms Warriors have not changed much in Shadowlands, with only a few talent and ability adjustments. Players familiar with the Battle for Azeroth version of Arms will find it familiar, although there are a few noticeable differences, and the inclusion of unpruned defensive and utility spells gives the spec more gameplay options than before.

The most notable change for Arms Warriors is the Mastery Mastery: Deep Wounds Icon Mastery: Deep Wounds now increasing the targets damage taken form all abilities, placing emphasis back on the player casted abilities rather than the passive DoT effect. Maintaining this debuff will therefore be the upmost importance, in both single target and multitarget situations.

This change also impacts the DPS rotation, as Execute Icon Execute no longer applies Deep Wounds, placing additional emphasis on Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike to maintain the effect. However, the debuff now lasts significantly longer, and is also applied by Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash, making it fairly easy to keep active.

4.

Leveling an Arms Warrior

If you want to play an Arms Warrior, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

5.

Basics of Arms Warrior Gameplay

Arms Warrior is a relatively simple spec based on resource management. As there are few on-demand Rage generators, most resource generation comes from autoattacks, so anticipating them along with the cooldown of important abilities is important to ensure that you neither find yourself Rage starved and unable to use Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike on cooldown, or capping and wasting Rage generation during Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm.

The rotation has a fair amount of downtime, which means a fair bit of time will be spent simply waiting. While you could fill empty Global Cooldowns with Slam Icon Slam or Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind, doing so constantly can leave you unable to use Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike when you need to. During the Shadowlands pre-patch, this is better compensated for due to gear inflation, but it is still important to ensure you keep Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike on cooldown and maximize spending Rage during Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash rather than outside of it.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already somewhat familiar with Warriors, you can head straight to the Talents and Rotation pages to jump right into the more complex, detailed information.

6.

How to Gear Up as an Arms Warrior

Despite the fact that gearing has become more challenging, due to the huge number of variables that depend on your character, you can find information on how best to gear an Arms Warrior on our dedicated gearing page, which includes the current Best in Slot from this tier.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

7.

Arms Warrior in Shadowlands

Shadowlands introduces several new systems which increase the baseline power of Arms Warriors. Players will be given the choice to join one of four different Covenants, each of which adds their own unique offensive class-specific ability, signature ability, talent tree-like Soulbinds, and socketable conduits which further increase their power.

Additionally, the end-game activity Torghast will allow players to craft Legendary Powers items with unique general, class-specific, or spec-specific powers.

For example, one player may decide to join the Venthyr covenant, gaining access to Condemn Icon Condemn which replaces Execute Icon Execute with a stronger version. From there, they can access the Nadjia the Mistblade Soulbind for more bonuses, allocate the Ashen Juggernaut Icon Ashen Juggernaut Conduit to further increase the damage of Condemn. Finally, farming Torghast for legendary materials will allow them to craft a piece of gear with the Exploiter Icon Exploiter bonus, bringing the whole build together.

8.

End-Game as an Arms Warrior

Starting off as an Arms Warrior can look very different from the absolute end-game raiding and progression as one. Our Mythic+, Torghast, Raiding, and PvP guides can guide you to performing as well as possible, regardless of your focus in end-game content.

9.

Improving as an Arms Warrior

If you are finding your performance lackluster, but are not sure where you are going wrong, you can check out the pages below for potential tips, or answers to questions you may have.

10.

Viability of Arms Warrior in the Current Patch

Arms has powerful burst damage abilities with short cooldowns, making it both extremely competitive and easy to play in Mythic+ dungeons, where it can align those abilities with most pulls. Although it will not always fill every global between cooldowns, those abilities refresh frequently enough that the downtime is minimal, and further reduced by higher gear. In addition to powerful on-demand burst-AoE, Arms also excels at two target cleave, making it the premier choice any time additional targets are involved. Defensively, Arms Warriors are one of the weaker specializations, with a long primary cooldown and niche defensive talent choices.

11.

Changelog

  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Removed Essence & Azerite information, updated the rest for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Changed priority from Haste to Critical Strike and added Shadowlands consumables.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Added Legendary recommendations.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Added Shield Slam, Shield Block, Taunt, and Challenging Shout.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated stat priorities and descriptions.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Added Class in Shadowlands and Torghast sections.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations and descriptions for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added Shadowlands dungeon item list, legendary power section, and gearing advice.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Removed Essence & Azerite information, updated the rest for Shadowlands launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page created.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Added Covenant recommendation and updated stat priority.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Added Rallying Cry.
  • 14 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Adjusted recommended talent graphics.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 11 Oct. 2020 (WeakAuras page): Page added.
  • 29 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): More tips, no longer recommending Worldvein Resonance.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): More tips added, especially for Azshara; several Essence recommendations changed.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 05 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated Uu'nat talents.
  • 09 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added additional Mythic difficulty tips.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated tips for Jaina.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added new tips.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Guide was created.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir release.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
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